Olympic Dreams Blogathon – Prefontaine (1997)

This a post that is part for the  Olympic Dreams Blogathon being run by Sally of 18 Cinema Lane

Tnx for letting me take part!

“Nobody can coach desire, Pre.” – Bill Bowerman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of a talented long distance runner who dreamed of winning in the Olympics in Munich in 1972.

My Take on it – This is one of two biopics made about the life of Steve Prefontaine, an aspiring Olympic hopeful and his road to the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The other one is Without Limits (1998).

Jared Leto does a nice job playing this character and gives the viewer a nice look at how his life and career moved along due to his quest and desire to reach the heights of the sport of long distance running at the Olympics.

The film does a nice job giving pseudo-interviews with some of the characters who have an impact on his life and career as they “look back” at all that transpired years earlier.

The running scenes are filmed in a fascinating way that helps the viewer understand the kind of exhaustion this kind of sport can lead to for its athletes.

I liked the way that they touched upon the terrorist attack at the Olympic games that year and show how it affected other athletes not directly involved.

R. Lee Ermey, Ed O’Neill and Breckin Meyer all do nice jobs in supporting roles.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In reality, Prefontaine originally tried out for both basketball and football, but had failed to make both teams, due to his short height when he was in junior high school. He eventually decided to try out for cross country after he saw some school members jog to his school’s football field. Once he made the team, he literally fell in love with running track at school. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “Olympic Dreams Blogathon – Prefontaine (1997)

  1. I’m not sure there is an Olympics with more stories than 1972 in Munich. There’s this one, my contribution to this event stems from the same games…then there’s what happened with the Israeli athletes.


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